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A great influx of links and contacts on the multimedia platform of the Museum of Peace  - MAMT for the centenary of Giovanni Verga's death. President Michele Capasso, in connection with various schools and in DAD, recalled the figure of the great writer and playwright Giovanni Carmelo Verga di Fontanabianca (Catania, 2 September 1840 - Catania, 27 January 1922) who was also an Italian senator, considered the greatest exponent of the Verismo literary current.
Of noble birth, he lived in an environment of liberal traditions. He initially devoted himself to writing adventure novels, influenced by the works of his father Dumas, and later to others with a passionate theme, including Storia di una capinera, which was quite successful. He moved to Florence in 1869 and then to Milan where he frequented literary circles and met Arrigo Boito and Giuseppe Giacosa. The novella Nedda marked his conversion to Verismo, which led him to write his most complete work, I Malavoglia, in 1881. Together with Mastro-don Gesualdo in 1889, they constitute two of the most remarkable novels in Italian literature.
"Verga's new verist conception," said President Capasso, "placed the hinge of the literary work on the 'disappearance' of the author, making sure that in the narrative the facts developed on their own, as if by spontaneous necessity. Verga's language is rough and bare as a reflection of the world he represents, made up of both poor people as in I Malavoglia, and rich people as in Mastro-don Gesualdo, all of whom are in any case "defeated" in the daily struggle of life".
The writer also worked in the theatre, scripting some of his novellas, the most famous of which is Cavalleria rusticana, later set to music by Pietro Mascagni. Verga became a Senator of the Kingdom in 1920 by appointment of King Vittorio Emanuele III.
In the Museum's library - opened according to strict anti-Covid-19 rules - various Verga texts are available.